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Banned Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0467  Wednesday, 18 February 2004

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Feb 2004 10:07:08 -0500
Subject: 15.0453 Banned Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0453 Banned Shakespeare

 >He can disown her, yes, but he
 >can't force her to marry against her will, and that's part of what's got
 >him so upset." -- does not square with my impressions of Medieval and
 >Renaissance
 >marriage laws and customs.

Juliet's alternative is shown to us as clearly as you could hope for in
the plight of Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona. I always think of these
plays as altar egos, and as Two Gentlemen also takes place in the land
of make believe, where utterly impossible fantasies are set in
historical times and places, it is the only possible model for a make
believe alternative for a make believe Juliet.

Clifford Stetner
CUNY

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